Best Eats In Serangoon, Kovan, Hougang

Best Eats In Serangoon, Kovan, Hougang

Featuring Lola's Cafe (Simon Road), Flavour Flings, KOOKS Creamery (Serangoon), Kovan 209 Market & Food Centre, Ciel Pรขtisserie, iSTEAKS Diner (myVillage), Ci Yuan Hawker Centre, Sin Heng Kee Porridge (Hougang), Soi 19 Thai Wanton Mee (Serangoon), Ah Seah Teochew Porridge
Hong Keat  Chiang
Hong Keat Chiang

The ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—–๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ($8.90), with its moist sponge and rich molten chocolate paired with a refreshing scoop of vanilla ice-cream, was heavenly. We felt the ๐—”๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ($7.90) needed improvement as the tart was too soft and the apples slightly sour.

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The gargantuan ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ณ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ($14.90) was pretty decent, though we wished the cheese was melted to make it more mouth-watering.

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The tangy sauce and succulent chicken made the ๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ง๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ผ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ($14.90) an excellent dish.

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Among the mains, the ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ธ & ๐—–๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธโ€™๐—ป ($28.90) is ideal for carnivores. Featuring a juicy steak and a large slab of tender chicken doused in black pepper sauce, this was downright delicious.

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Iโ€™ve been a fan of Rise & Grindโ€™s brunch options, and now they have a new restaurant serving the whole gamut of appetisers, mains and desserts.

The ๐—”๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—™๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—น ($29.90) is definitely not to be missed. Besides being a visual spectacle, its individual components were fantastic:
โ–ช๏ธMozzarella Cheesesticks โญ๏ธ
โ–ช๏ธChicken Spam Fries
โ–ช๏ธOnion Rings
โ–ช๏ธSweet Potato Fries
โ–ช๏ธFried Broccoli โญ๏ธ

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Had I known that each bowl came with a slice of ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ป ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ, I wouldnโ€™t have ordered one portion ($4.90) to try. Texture and taste-wise they were like fish cakes and I thought they werenโ€™t particularly noteworthy.

Still, @shiniansg is a great place for affordable Pig Trotter Rice and Iโ€™d recommend trying it if you havenโ€™t had this dish before.

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I was also impressed with the ๐—ฃ๐—ถ๐—ด ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ($5.90), which the staff warned contained more bones than meat. Scraping the meat and tendon off the bones was surprisingly enjoyable. I felt like a lion on National Geographic.

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We started with the ๐—ฃ๐—ถ๐—ด ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ด ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ($5.90). The tender lean meat and the fatty skin, which wasnโ€™t overly oily, provided great textural contrast, while the sour preserved vegetables were delightful. The sapid gravy elevated the flavours of every component in the bowl. An excellent dish!

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Pig Trotter Rice is not a dish commonly seen in Singapore, so Shi Nian must be doing something right with its rapid expansion. I have no idea how many outlets they have, but I went to the one at Kovan 209 Market.

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While the stalls at Kovan also sell curry chicken noodles, this stall instead offers laksa as well as some side dishes. I ordered the ๐—ก๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ต ๐—›๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด ($3). Brilliantly deep fried, these tiny morsels were insanely crispy and we couldnโ€™t stop popping them into our mouths.

Have you tried Hougang Bak Chor Mee before?

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I spotted a stall in Hougang Hainanese Village selling โ€œTeochew fishball meeโ€, a style of bak chor mee (minced pork noodles) that also includes fishballs. Three stalls at Kovan 209 Market are also selling this exact iteration of bcm. Therefore Iโ€™m calling this version โ€œHougang Bak Chor Meeโ€. (Copyrighted!)

Every component in this bowl of ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—™๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ($4.50) was well executed. The savoury sauce that the noodles were tossed in deserves special mention. This bowl of noodles was very similar to the stalls at Kovan and itโ€™s hard to determine which is the best.

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Finally the clean-tasting ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฝ was revitalising.

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